College launches two new specialist academies to increase job prospects for young people
FRANKLIN College has launched two new career academies – specialising in science and healthcare – to increase job prospects for students.
The sixth form college has already run successful career academies in business and law and has now diversified the scheme.
They aim to give young people a better chance of getting to the next stage in their career – be that a job or further education – by working closely with employers.
Students will be offered special seminars and "guru lectures'" from people working in the industry they hope to break into, who can tell them just how to achieve their goals.
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The scheme will also offer mentoring partners and internships with local employers so students can get the vital advice and experience they need to make their application for highly competitive jobs or university courses stand out. It is an extra qualification that students can use on top of A-levels or equivalent awards.
Clive Wilson, deputy principal, said: "Fantastic grades are not always enough to get you onto some of the most highly competitive courses – particularly in something like medicine. We aim to provide our students with advice and experience."
The academies were launched in the presence of influential people in the healthcare and scientific industries. Peter Melton, of the North East Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "It is hard to retain healthcare professionals as they often come from Hull, York and even further afield, and have no local connection, so leave when they have finished their training.
"This is a chance to invest in the area, retain highly-qualified staff who know and care about North East Lincolnshire and raise aspirations."
Kevin Childs, a trainer for Novartis, said: "The science and engineering industries have a skills shortage in the area.
"We lose a lot of talent to big cities like Leeds, but employer involvement is a chance for us to show young people what great opportunities there are for them here."
The scheme is the idea of Career Academies UK, a charity which helps colleges across the UK set up the framework to help students achieve success. There are about 2,700 students registered with the academies in the UK.
Martyn Drain, the director of Careers Academy UK, said: "This is an invitation to businesses small and large, to change a young person's life prospects."
Tom Crump, 16, who is currently involved in Franklin's business career academy, said: "You can only learn so much from books and in the classroom. This gives you a chance to see what the industry is really like, giving you experience and confidence."
Franklin is to hold an Advisory Board meeting on Wednesday, April 18, and has invited representatives from companies to attend.